Despite million of dollars being spent by the government on climate scientists and global warming research, their weather predictions are far less accurate than the 197-year-old Farmers’ Almanac. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) predicted temperatures higher than normal across the south between November-January, but every state except Florida was hit by snow. Meanwhile, the Almanac predicted “a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.”
Mike Halpert, the CPC’s acting director, offered a gross understatement in admitting they had not offered “one of our better forecasts.” Based on a Heidke skill scale ranging from -50 (no accuracy) to 150 (perfect accuracy), the CPC has been operating at around a -22 this winter. But the Farmers’ Almanac, makes predictions based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, continues to be accurate about 80 percent of the time. It would receive about 110 on the Heidke skill scale.
Donald Trump has even slammed climate scientists by referring to the phenomenon of “global warming bulls*it” on his Twitter page. “Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice,” he wrote. “It is really too bad that the scientists studying GLOBAL WARMING in Antarctica got stuck on their icebreaker because of massive ice and cold. Temperature at record lows in many parts of the country. 50 degrees below zero with wind chill in large area. Global warming folks iced in!”
The real estate tycoon and reality star has previously referred to global warming studies as “a con job.” Last November, he blamed China for the global warming press by declaring that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S manufacturing non-competitive.”
(Photo: Farmers’ Almanac)